Broward Must Grow More Resilient to Climate Change

January 14, 2020
Youth Environmental Alliance volunteers plant sea oats to bolster beach dunes and combat erosion in Broward. Community Foundation Fundholders support this effort to make our shoreline more resilient by restoring wildlife habitat that buffers communities from flooding.

Rising seas threaten Broward’s future as a vibrant, sustainable place to live.

Broward County is expecting sea level to rise 2 feet by 2060, due to pollution-fueled climate change. Flooding along the coast and inland could force people out of homes and close businesses. The influx of salt water could contaminate our drinking water supply.

Our neighborhoods, our jobs and even our lives are at risk of we don’t take bold, immediate action to protect our community from flooding and other devastating consequences of climate change.

The big solutions Broward needs require a bold response from all sectors of our community. Local governments, businesses and residents alike must step up to protect the place we love.

Support for Broward’s fragile environment – through philanthropy we call ECO Broward – is one way Community Foundation of Broward Fundholders tackle climate change. While ECO Broward is off to a good start with limited resources, our community needs more philanthropic muscle to take on one of the biggest issues of our time.

Creating an endowed charitable Fund dedicated to ECO Broward is a great way to help our community grow more resilient.

Here are a few examples of how our Fundholders have helped Broward face climate change:

  • 126,000 sea oats and salt marsh grasses planted to bolster beach dunes and combat erosion.
  • 50,000 new trees planted across Broward to increase habitat and improve air quality.
  • 2,000 Broward students learned the value of protecting the Everglades through field trips and classroom lessons.
  • 800 wildlife-friendly landscapes created at local homes and businesses.
  • 150 Broward residents received energy/water conservation toolkits and education.
  • $20,000 for a Broward resiliency study to determine the public costs and economic benefits of preparing for climate change.
Planting sea oats, with their deep root system, helps build up beach dunes, which provide vital habitat for sea turtles and other wildlife. The dunes also protect beaches from erosion and buffer coastal communities from storm surge.
Contact Information

To learn how you can help tackle climate change with support for ECO Broward projects, contact Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at nthies@cfbroward.org or 954-761-9503.

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